MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Libraries, in conjunction with the Department of Corrections, has provided more than $42,000 in books to the state’s six correctional facilities. The books will come to refresh the collections of the libraries of the establishments at the disposal of the incarcerated persons. The funding was part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant awarded to the Vermont Department of Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
IMLS ARPA funding is intended to help libraries update collections, spaces, and equipment for safe operations and expand programming opportunities, with the overall goal of improving and increasing user services. final. The Department of Libraries is responsible for distributing funds to Vermont libraries to achieve these goals.
The Department of Libraries believes that “every citizen of the State of Vermont should have access to the educational, cultural, recreational, informational, and research benefits of libraries.” This effort is intended to support state correctional facility libraries as they work to provide this access to incarcerated Vermonters.
“Access to reading materials is vitally important to incarcerated people in Vermont, as books both support academic coursework and provide cultural enrichment. The ARPA funds made available to us through IMLS have enabled the Department of Libraries to work with colleagues in the Department of Corrections to strengthen the collections of our state’s six correctional facilities,” said the librarian of State Catherine Delneo. “The books have been selected to meet the recreational and informational needs of individuals, while taking into account a wide range of reading levels.”
“Reading is perhaps humanity’s greatest skill. It allows us to know where we’ve been, to understand where we are, and to dream where we might go,” said the commissioner of the Department of Corrections , Nicholas Deml. “These new resources from the Department of Libraries will benefit those in our care and custody, whether they seek to learn new things, gain skills that will sustain them when they are released, or seek lose in another world for a while. . We are very grateful for this effort and our partners in the Department of Libraries. »